Traffic fatalities surge, decrease from last year shrinks

A passenger was killed when a vehicle crashed into a tree on Northeast Airport Way on July 3.

Three people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Portland in the first three days of July, part of a recent deadly surge that slowed the progress the city is making on fulfilling its Vision Zero pledge.

Two weeks ago, the number of people killed in crashes had dropped almost in half from last year. By June 28, only 12 people had died on Portland streets this year compared to 23 by then in 2016.